We are able to send out the following books during this time.
Dorking : A Town Underground
For centuries Dorking’s growth above ground has been mirrored by excavations below it, leaving a unique legacy of historical sites that live on in the darkness below. In a new book, journalist and Dorking Museum cave guide Sam Dawson shines a torch on the subterranean heritage of cellars, caves, bunkers and mysterious spaces that lie below the town’s streets.
In his lavishly illustrated book, “Dorking: A Town Underground”, Sam explores Dorking’s wartime civil defences, crypts, vaults, icehouses, wine and beer cellars and the rambling caves beneath our feet. Sam has been a guide in the highly popular South Street Caves in Dorking’s West Street since soon after their reopening to the public by Dorking Museum in 2015. He has spent the past three years in intense research into the other caves and underground spaces beneath the town.
Priced at £15.00
Lonesome Lodge – A Lost Palladian Villa by Capel Local History Group
A new book by members of the Capel History Group reveals the story of the creation, evolution and decline of an impressive “lost” estate.
Lonesome Lodge tells in detail the fascinating story of the creation of a wealthy gentleman architect’s idyllic and lavish retreat in the Surrey Hills, from its inception in c1740 right through to its eventual demise in 1854.
The book is a result of teamwork by members of the Capel History Group, each bringing their own particular interests and skills to the various sections.
Priced at £12.00
The Rob Walker Racing Team by Tom Loftus
New 72 page book by Tom Loftus tells the story of Rob Walker and his ground-breaking private Grand Prix winning team from a Dorking perspective – the small town where the cars where the cars were developed, built and tested: the successes, the challenges, the people.
Many previously unseen photographs and with a foreword by Rob’s son, Robbie Walker.
This book is priced at £7.00
The Rob Walker Centenary Festival
This book features images from a unique event which took place in Dorking, Surrey on 21st October 2018; the Rob Walker Centenary Festival.Over 2 1/2 years of careful planning, and more than a little bit of luck, culminated in a parade of historic Rob Walker racing cars around the town centre a display of beautiful classic cars.
The book is priced at £4.00
Time Gentlemen, Please by David Langford and Jim Docking
Today, Dorking contains 18 public houses. By contrast in 1892, it boasted 46 with one pub for every 238 residents, including children, women and men who didn’t drink. This book recounts the history of these pubs using a wide range of sources, including a great deal of previously unpublished material. We cover not only the history of the buildings, but tales about the landlords, the clientele and their behaviour, visits by distinguished guests, the impact of stagecoaches and railways, the efforts of some pubs to fight for their very existence and the background of the town’s breweries. In reading this book, you will learn not only a great deal about the drinking establishments but also much about the town’s history and social life.
This book is priced at £9.50
The Vanishing River of Box Hill by Peter Brown
According to local folklore the River Mole occasionally vanishes.
Is that really true? Has anyone ever seen it disappear? And if it goes, where does it go – and why?
Former BBC film maker Peter Brown explores the facts behind the folklore and tells the tale of the dedicated scientist who cracked the mysteries of the Mole.
Priced at £6.00
The Weaver, the Shoemaker and the Mother of a Nation. The Story of Dorking’s Mayflower Pilgrims by Kathy Atherton and Susannah Horne
The book tells the story of the Dorking Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620 who risked everything to start a new life in the New World. It also gives an insight into day to day life in the town they left behind.
Priced at £8.00